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14 January 2016

Global Health Forum

Join UNA-NCA and its African Affairs Committee for a Global Health Forum on Ebola-affected states.

On January 14, UNA-NCA and the American University Comparative Regional Studies Program will host a forum examining the Ebola crisis in West Africa. The upcoming forum will facilitate a dialogue among Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, on post-Ebola experiences, best practices, and country priorities and strategies for addressing critical barriers of devastated health care systems, loss of education, and distressed social structures. The dialogue will nurture a common sense of shared vision and responsibility among those affected countries and the health and development community as they deal with the challenges of recovering in the new year.

The forum will highlight key steps necessary to prevent future health emergencies and educate and create strategic partnerships to bring awareness of the issues of importance to West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. Topics for discussion will include strengthening of health systems, merging new technology with health, current and potential economic impact, and the role of donor agencies in mitigating the outbreak.

When: Thursday, January 14, 2016; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where: American University School of International Service Room 300; 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

      • Dr. Russell Morgan (Keynote), Former Chair, National Peace Corps Association, Ebola Relief Fund
      • Torrance Hubbard, HEPRA Senior Deputy Director, DC Department of Health
      • Mariama Keita, Outreach & Engagement Specialist, USAID (invited)
      • Shunsuke Mabuchi, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank (invited)
      • Sasha McGee, Senior Infectious Disease Epidemiologist, DC Department of Health
      • Dr. Thespina Yamanis (Moderator), Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University

Members - Free; Non-Members - $10
Students: Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register at no charge!


07 January 2016

Upcoming Sustainable Development Committee Meeting

Passionate about issues in sustainable development?

UNA-NCA's next Sustainable Development Committee meeting will take place January 7th to discuss upcoming programming on economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

When:  Thursday, January 7th, 2016; 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Where: The George Washington University, 2121 I St NW, Washington, DC 20052

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15 December 2015

Holiday Raffle for CEDAW in DC

This holiday season, give the gift of equality!

UNA-NCA is hosting a gingerbread house raffle to support Cities for CEDAW in DC and make our nation's capital a center of gender equality.

To support this initiative, we're raffling off this Gingerbread Village, commemorating two iconic DC hotspots: Ben's Chili Bowl and Bohemian Caverns!

In 1980, President Carter signed the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which provides a national agenda for the protection of women's rights and reduction of inequalities. However, in the intervening 35 years, the U.S. Senate has never ratified the Convention. UNA-NCA believes it is important to embrace the principles of the bill at the city level in DC, and, through its Cities for CEDAW iniative, encourages DC Council support for legislation.

San Francisco began implementing CEDAW in 1998 and has seen huge success including:
      • Near complete elimination of domestic violence homicides
      • Equal appointment to city commissions and boards
      • Public works initiatives, including wider sidewalks to accommodate strollers andstreet lamps to increase safety
        - And our Gingerbread Village models both of these!

Tickets for the Gingerbread Village Raffle are $10 each - more tickets means more shots at winning!

The CEDAW in DC Gingerbread Village depicts two iconic U Street buildings - Ben's Chili Bowl and Bohemian Caverns. The completely edible buildings sit on a platform measuring 32 by 24 inches and will be delivered to a winner in the DC Metro Area on December 23rd

Buy tickets here

10 December 2015

2015 Human Rights Awards Reception

Join us for the annual UNA-NCA Human Rights Awards Reception honoring outstanding leaders in the human rights community and celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.

In honor of the 67th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize individuals and organizations working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Reception: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Program: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building
Independence Avenue SW and First Street SW
Washington, DC 20515
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This year's honorees are:

Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award
Presented to
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon (ret.), President, Freedom House
Presented by Elisa Massimino, President & CEO, Human Rights First

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, Senior Gender Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
Presented by Dr. Nora Dudwick, Director of Gender and Social Inclusion, Millennium Challenge Corporation

F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award 
Presented to
Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs,
International Organization Affairs Bureau, State Department
Presented by Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs, Ms. Bathsheba Crocker

Distinguished Community Human Rights Award
Presented to
Martha's Table
Accepted by Patty Stonesifer, President and CEO
Presented by Mr. David C. Simmons, Chief Administrative Law Judge, District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights

Admission Tickets
Young Professional/Student: $50
Non-Member Young Professional/Student*: $70
Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free UNA-NCA membership.
Member: $70
Non-Member*: $90
Sponsor (Individual/organization name listed in the program): $100
Non-member Sponsor*: $120
*Non-member tickets include UNA-NCA membership

Honorary Committee Members

Ms. Goli Ameri, President & Interim CEO, Center for Global Engagement
Ms. Sanam Anderlini
, Co-Founder and Executive Director, ICAN
Dr. Anthony C. Arend
, Director, Master of Science in Foreign Service, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
John B. Bellinger III
, Partner, National Security and Public
International Law Practices, Arnold & Porter LLP
Congressman Donald Beyer
, Representative for Virginia's 8th District
Dr. Susan Bissell
,  Director a.i., The New Global Partnership - ending violence against children, UNICEF
Mr. Mark Bromley
, Council Chair, Council for Global Equality
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
, President, Women in International Security
Delegation of the European Union to the United States
Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
, Senior Fellow, The Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Congressman Sam Farr, Representative for California's
20th Congressional District
Ms. Carla Koppell
, Chief Strategy Officer, US Agency for International Development
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
, Representative for California's 13th Congressional District
Ms. Nancy Linborg
, President, U.S. Institute of Peace
Ambassador Michael Guest
, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality
Congressman Jim McGovern, Representative for Massachusetts' 2nd Congressional District
Ms. Karen Mulhauser
, Founder, Mulhauser & Associates; Chair, UNA-USA
Mr. William H. Taft IV
, Of Counsel Resident, Fried Frank LLP
Ambassador David O'Sullivan
, Head of the Delegation of the
European Union to the United States
Mr. Donald Steinberg
, President & CEO, World Learning
Ms. Jennifer Windsor
, Chief Executive Officer, Women for Women International
Dr. Abiodun Williams
, President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice

 Thank You to Our Sponsors

Organization Sponsors





Individual Sponsors
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.) and Nancy Bliss
A. Edward Elmendorf
F. A. "Tex" Harris and Jeanie Harris
Melissa Kaplan
T. Kumar
Kim Watson
Sponsorship opportunities available here.

04 December 2015

"The United Nations: Last Station Before Hell" Documentary Screening

Join UNA-USA, UNA-NCA, and the Better World Campaign on December 4 for a screening of the documentary "The United Nations: Last Station Before Hell," exploring the central challenges for UN peacekeeping missions. The screening will be followed by a conversation with the director.

When: Friday, December 4, 2015; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: United Nations Foundation; 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

      • Dr. Lise Morje, Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University
      • Pierre-Olivier Francois, Documentary Film Director
Cost: Free


Watch a short trailer of the film. 

01 December 2015

"Tis the Season for Giving" Young Professionals Happy Hour

Join UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Board for a Happy Hour Event!

Come celebrate the season of giving with us! On Tuesday, December 1st, UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Board of Directors are hosting a Happy Hour in honor of Giving Tuesday. Whether you're a UNA-NCA member or want to learn more about the organization, come join other young professionals to celebrate and recognize the importance of global engagement and giving back to causes you care about. While you're there, make sure to learn about upcoming events and leadership opportunities.

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2015; 5:30 - 7:00pm
Where: Irish Whiskey Public House; 1207 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost to Register: Free


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13 November 2015

Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala

Join Fashion Fights Poverty for the Dress Responsibly Gala in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the UN!

Ten years ago, Fashion Fights Poverty was the theme for a gala in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the United Nations. Since then, Fashion Fights Poverty has become transformed into an education and advocacy organization promoting eco-sustainable and ethical fashion through programs, workshops, and activities. This year, Fashion Fights Poverty, in partnership with UNA-NCA, will present a celebratory fashion show that will include:

    • Cocktail (open bar and Hors d'oeuvres) reception in an amazing setting
    • Unique and innovative runway presentation
    • Fashion Fights Poverty's celebration of 10 Years of Eco-Ethical Design and Social Awareness
    • Participation from Fashion Fights Poverty's Youth Programs
    • A celebration in partnership with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations
    • Complementary Valet Parking included

: November 13, 2015, 7:00pm-10:00pm

: Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007

Cost: $100 standing; $150 seated


For more information, check out this event on Facebook!

11 November 2015

Fashion Fights Poverty Eco Ethical Fashion Forum

Come discuss issues of eco-sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, income generating programs, microfinance, and commercial fashion.

On November 11, UNA-NCA will join Fashion Fights Poverty for the annual Dress Responsibly Eco Ethical Fashion Forum. The program, in place since 2006, addresses and initiates discussion amongst leaders, policy makers, consumers, and fashion designers. The event will cover eco and ethical topics faced by the fashion industry at all levels (consumer, worker, manufacturing, etc.). Topics will include sustainability, social responsibility, micro-finance, worker's issues, and the international commercial fashion industry.

When: November 11, 2015; 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thomas Moser Furniture of Georgetown; 1028 33rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


      • Moderator: Susan McPherson, Founder and CEO, McPherson Strategies
      • Melanie Kapinos, Manager of Volunteer Programs, Ten Thousand Villages Alexandria
      • Heidi Rauch, Designer, Belabumbum

Additional panelists to be announced upon confirmation.


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